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American Theatre Wing Will Honor Harold Prince at Annual Gala, Monday, Sep 16




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New York, NY (Monday, April 1, 2013) – The American Theatre Wing is pleased to announce that its annual Gala, to be held Monday, September 16 at The Plaza Hotel (Fifth Avenue at Central Park South), will honor legendary director and producer Harold Prince. Anki Leeds and CeCe Black will serve as Gala co-chairs.

“Harold Prince is not only a beloved and accomplished icon, but also a visionary who has consistently pushed the art form forward,” said Heather Hitchens, Executive Director of the American Theatre Wing. “It’s hard to think of another artist who has made the kind of impact he has to the American Theatre, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to honor him in this way.” 

All proceeds from the evening will benefit the educational and outreach programs of the American Theatre Wing, which include SpringboardNYC, the Theatre Intern Group, the National Theatre Company Grants and the Jonathan Larson Grants, and will also support free access for students, aspiring professionals, and the general public to programming on, including the long running television show “Working in the Theatre.”

The evening includes cocktails, dinner and performances. For more information, or to purchase tickets or a table, please contact Nicole Gardner (212) 765-0606, ext. 302.

Director and producer Harold Prince has won 21 Tony® awards (more than any other individual) and received the National Medal of Arts in 2000 from President Clinton for a career spanning more than 40 years, in which "he changed the nature of the American musical." Prince attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1948. He first emerged as a producer in New York in 1954 at the age of 24 with a production of The Pajama Game at the St. James Theater on Broadway. He produced Damn Yankees the following year and won Tony awards for both productions. Among others, Prince also produced West Side StoryFiddler on the RoofFiorello! and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. As a director, he has worked on the premiere productions of She Loves MeCabaretCompanyFolliesCandidePacific OverturesA Little Night MusicSweeney ToddEvitaThe Phantom of the OperaParade and Bounce. Among the plays he has directed are Hollywood ArmsThe VisitThe Great God BrownEnd of the WorldPlay Memory and his own play, Grandchild of Kings. His opera productions have been staged at The Chicago Lyric, The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Vienna Staatsoper and the Theater Colon in Buenos Aires. His film credits include movie adaptations of The Pajama GameDamn Yankees and A Little Night Music, starring Elizabeth Taylor. He also directed the original screenplay Something for Everyone made for National General. Prince has also directed several notable television productions, including Candide as a part of "Live from Lincoln Center" and a RKO-Nederlander production of Sweeney Todd. In addition to his work in the theatre, Prince has served as a trustee for the New York Public Library and on the National Council of the Arts of the NEA. He was a 1994 Kennedy Center Honoree.

In 2012, the American Theatre Wing (William Ivey Long, Chair, Board of Trustees; Heather Hitchens, Executive Director) celebrated 95 years of service to the American Theatre. For nearly a century, the mission of the Wing has been to serve and support the theatre by celebrating excellence, nurturing the public's appreciation of theatre, and providing unique educational and access opportunities for both practitioners and audiences. Traditionally, ATW has done this by encouraging members of the theatre community to share their off-stage time and talent directly with the theatre audience at large--whether it was singing for the troops in the Stage Door Canteen of the 1940's, or sharing their stories on a podcast today. Best known for creating The Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards®, now presented with The Broadway League, ATW has developed the best-known national platform for the recognition of theatrical achievement on Broadway. Yet ATW's reach extends beyond Broadway and beyond New York, with educational and media work that offers the very best in theatre to people around the world. In addition to its various media programs and a host of other online resources, The Wing sponsors many activities, all dedicated to recognizing excellence and supporting education in theatre. These programs include the Theatre Intern Group, a career development program for young professionals; SpringboardNYC, a two-week college-to-career boot camp for young performers moving to NYC; and the Jonathan Larson® Grants, given annually to honor emerging composers, lyricists and book writers. Visitors to can listen to, watch or download from ATW’s extensive media collection, and learn more about all of its programming for students, aspiring and working professionals, and audiences who want to learn more about the making of theatre. Follow ATW on and

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